- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on protests over a proposal in Utah to make polygamy a felony again (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Polygamy advocates say Utah legislators will force families like theirs into the shadows if lawmakers approve a proposal to make polygamy a felony crime again.

About 150 pro-polygamy activists and their children protested inside the state Capitol Monday evening, holding signs and giving speeches criticizing the proposed law.

They argue it’s unconstitutional to bar consenting adults from marrying who they choose, and de-criminalizing the practice would help build trust with authorities.

About a dozen counter-protesters rallied nearby, showing their support for the law.

Utah’s polygamy ban was struck down by a judge in 2013, after the stars of TV’s “Sister Wives” sued. Supporters say a new bill would narrow the definition of the crime and could halt the case now before an appeals court.

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11:40 a.m.

Polygamy advocates in Utah are planning to gather at the state capitol Monday to protest a proposal to make polygamy a felony crime again.

Organizer Joe Darger says that the group arguing against the law could number in the hundreds. Pro-polygamy activists argue it’s unconstitutional to bar consenting adults from marrying who they choose, and de-criminalizing the practice would help build trust with authorities.

But former polygamous wife Kristyn Decker says there’s too much harm associated with polygamy to make it legal, and she’ll also be at the capitol calling for more action against it.

Utah’s polygamy ban was struck down by a judge in 2013, after the stars of TV’s “Sister Wives” sued. Supporters say a new bill would narrow the definition of the crime and could halt the case now before an appeals court.

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